Please Take Action: Ask Senate Committees to Keep APRN Transition to Practice

Please Take Action: Ask Senate Committees to Keep APRN Transition to Practice
VMS Members are asked to contact members of the Senate Government Operations and Health & Welfare Committees and ask them to keep a transition-to-practice requirement for new graduate APRNs.   Please ask members of the Committees to support the Office of Professional Regulation compromise language in Section 15 of H. 684 that retains a transition-to-practice requirement.
 
More information:
H. 684 as introduced in the House proposed to eliminate a transition to practice requirement for new APRNs – this would have ended the need for an APRN new to practice (the first 24 months or 2,400 hours of licensed practice) to have in place collaborative practice agreement with a more experienced physician or APRN. 
 
After hearing from many physicians, APRNs and others, the House passed compromise language that has now moved to the Senate.  The latest language would offer two options for a transition to practice: (1) maintain a collaborative practice agreement or (2) practice primarily on site with a more experienced physician or APRN who has a similar practice area. 
 
A transition-to-practice requirement is important because:

  • Collaboration is the preferred model of health care practice
  • No new graduate of a health professional program is fully prepared to practice without a relationship with a more experienced clinician
  • The proposed requirements put in place the minimum necessary pathway for all new APRNs to reach out to a more experienced professional (either a physician or APRN) for collaborat

Contact information for members of the Senate Health & Welfare Committee: cayer@leg.state.vt.us; vlyons@leg.state.vt.us; acummings@leg.state.vt.us; rmccormack@leg.state.vt.us; DIngram@leg.state.vt.us or see the Committee list here: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/27
 

Contact information for members of the Senate Government Operations Committee: jwhite@leg.state.vt.us; bcollamore@leg.state.vt.us; cayer@leg.state.vt.us; AClarkson@leg.state.vt.us; CPearson@leg.state.vt.us or see the Committee list here: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/26
 
For more information or with questions, contact Jessa Barnard at jbarnard@vtmd.org.  

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